The One With Lots Of Photos

Hello from the laziest blogger in the world! ✌🏼
I’ve been up to quite a lot since my last post so to save time I’ll mash it all together.
Apologies in advance if it’s a bit all over the place, much like my brain these days.
We went to Cambodia for 5 nights and it was brilliant. We explored the town of Siem Reap, we went temple hopping and woke up at 4am to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat, we spent numerous hours doing nothing by the pool and we were also haunted by a ghost. I wish I was joking. Cambodian people are some of the friendliest hosts I’ve ever met and their food is delicious (beer is also insanely cheap at restaurants and convenience stores which is a great thing when you’re in holiday mode). I’m so glad we were finally able to visit and tick a beautiful country off the bucket list! ✅

I got my hair chopped and I love it. He took a good few inches off and I was terrified at the time but so happy once it was over (when there’s a language barrier it’s a little daunting to have someone coming at you with sharp objects, but he did an amazing job). It’s already grown back quite quickly – funny that –  so I think I’ll head back soon and have it cut even SHORTER! Shoulder length hair is perfect when it’s horrendously hot and humid outside. 💇🏻‍♀️

I went to Macau to celebrate a beautiful bride-to-be. We couldn’t let her go off and get married without throwing a bachelorette weekend and what better place to go than the Vegas of China! We ordered lunches and cocktails by the pool, ate amazing Portuguese food until we were ready to burst and danced the night away at Pacha. There was a severe lack of sleep and too many blisters on my feet but so much laughter and memories to last a lifetime.

Guangzhou flooded and it was a pain in the butt. We’d seen photos and heard stories of it happening in towns surrounding the city center but never experienced it until then. We had a whole day of heavy rain and were literally stuck at work by the end of it. The Chinese equivalent of Uber had queues of over 200 people waiting to book cars and some metro stations even had to be closed – absolute madness! After eventually making our way home (luckily for us the rain stopped and we could walk back) we were told power was out in our building (water had been switched off too) and wouldn’t be fixed until the next day, so we packed a bag and stayed overnight in a nearby hotel. Fortunately, there are a lot of hotels near our apartment so it was only a quick 5 minute walk to the Marriott but it was a walk we could have done without…

Our best friends visited from Singapore and we went to Yangshuo. We’d not seen them since we celebrated New Year together so it was really nice to be reunited for a few days. It felt great to be able to show them around Guangzhou and we also took a long weekend trip to Yangshuo over Dragon Boat Festival, somewhere Toby & I have been wanting to go for a while. After a 2 ½ hour train ride from the city we arrived amongst the famous, striking mountains (or hills, I’m not sure) and headed straight out on a bike ride. I ended up falling off said bike (steep hill, very sensitive brakes) hurting my arm and covering myself in bruises in the process which put a sudden end to the cycling – one of the best ways to get around – so we spent the next few days doing a lot of walking instead.

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary! This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll be relieved to know that the constant ‘throwback’ photos are finally over (not sorry) but I really enjoyed looking back on all of the pictures we took over the week that we were in Thailand, mentally re-living every single second. We’d booked a fancy restaurant to enjoy a special dinner together but unfortunately had to cancel as Toby hasn’t been well, so I’ll look forward to a belated celebration instead. 👰🏻🤵🏻

That brings us to now – this very second!
We’re currently on our way back to Guangzhou after spending the weekend in Hong Kong. Our amazing friends gifted us a paddle boarding experience for our wedding and we only just got around to redeeming it. We had a lot of fun (and got quite wet…) and were able to see a part of HK that neither of us have been to before! I’m itching to go back soon and hunt for some beaches. 🏖

I can’t believe we’re now over half way through 2018 already.
We suddenly have a lack of plans for the 2nd half of this year but I’m working on it.. 😉
I hope you’re happy and enjoying life, wherever in the world you might be! Thank you for spending a snippet of your day showing my blog a little bit of love. 💕
Until next time,
englishgirlinchina XO


  1. Dad
    July 1, 2018 / 6:13 pm

    Hannie, your photos are stunning, you have a really good eye for a picture. Love you lots, Papaxxxxxx

  2. September 10, 2018 / 12:34 am

    I just found your blog and I hope that you return to continue to capture the life in china. I live in the US but my parents are from the UK originally and I have dual citizenship as a result. I would love to know what it’s like to find an apartment, grocery shop, vacation, etc. in China. Do you think you’ll return to the blog??

    • September 10, 2018 / 12:37 am

      Hi Lindsay 😊
      100%! I had a few hiccups changing the server (still ongoing) and it totally killed my motivation, but hopefully once it’s sorted the passion to blog will be back. Thanks for your lovely comment, that gives me a kick to keep on going with it and I can definitely write about those things 😊 thank you for your suggestions x

      • September 18, 2018 / 12:05 am

        Can’t wait for your return. I will keep checking the blog regularly for updates! 🙂

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